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Arlington National Cemetery


Detailed history

The Arlington National Cemetery lies in Arlington County, Virginia. The cemetery was established in 1864 during the American Civil War to accommodate the remains of those who died in battle near Washington DC. There are approximately 400,000 headstones for deceased veterans and casualties from all wars fought by the United States since the Civil War, and for re-interred fallen from earlier conflicts. The cemetery is divided into 70 sections and contains 28 major memorials, and 142 minor memorials and plaques.

Arlington National Cemetery is owned by the United States Department of the Army.



  • Bernt Balchen

    Military | Colonel | Commander
    Norwegian Bernt Balchen was America's greatest Arctic expert of modern times, most notably he was the first pilot to fly across the South Pole. In WWI he served as a cavalryman in the Finnish Army, which fought against the Russians. In 1921, he became...

  • Frederick Bauerschmidt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 410BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munich in B-17 42-37968 'Little Audrey' 18-Mar-44; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 3418 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ralph Becker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 439th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 94TCS, 439TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from glider towing mission [Op Varsity, Rhine crossing], hit by flak on approach to DZ managed to release gliders, before losing altitude and crashing 2 miles SW of Wesel, Germany 24-Mar-45....

  • Barclay Beeby

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Barclay Boyd Beeby was born in Alton and attended Alton schools, including Shurtleff College. Before joining the military, he was sales manager of the Alton Baking and Ice Cream Company (ABC Bakery). He joined the...

  • Duane Beeson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Duane W Beeson joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941, by February 1942 he had completed over 200 hours of flying and was transferred to Britain to join No. 71 (Eagle) Squadron, RAF 24 days later he joined the 4th Fighter Group in September 1942....

  • Chester Biedul

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot | 496th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Remained in USAF, rising to Lieutenant Colonel.

  • George Birdsong

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Flew 25 missions as pilot on 'Delta Rebel No2'. ...

  • Gustave Bjorkstrom

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 x combat missions*. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg in B-17 42-97407 'Asterisk' 30-Nov-44; Hit by flak and knocked unconscious just prior to mid air collision with B-17 44-8080. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

  • Melvin Bleakman

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Squadron Assistant Operations | 379th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 526BS, 379BG, 8AF USAAF. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Edward Blum

    Military | Colonel | IP | 490th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 490BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x missions ETO. 700Hrs coastal anti-submarine patrols. WIA. Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME (2 battle stars), American Campaign Medal.

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Buried or commemorated

  • Marion Akers

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot - Squadron Commander | 47th Bomb Group

  • Michael Alba

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 339th Fighter Group
    Born in Pasadena, California, Michael Alba grew up in Simi Valley where his family worked in the orchards. He was a 1937 teammate of future baseball star Jackie Robinson at the Pasadena City College, practicing on Catalina Island with the Cubs team....

  • Frank Andrews

    Military | General | Commander of all United States forces in the European Theater of Operations
    General George C. Marshall said late in life that there was only one general he had been able to "prepare all around" for the supreme command of the invasion of Europe -- and his name was not Ike. ...

  • Henry Arnold

    Military | General | Commanding General of Army Air Forces
    Became "chief of the Army Air Forces on June 30, 1941, and that December he got a third star. When the War Department General Staff was organized in March 1942 Arnold became commanding general of Army Air Forces. Prior to and all during World War II,...

  • Harry Baker

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 20th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 55FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited with 2 kills. 1 x Me109, 1 x Fw190. Killed in crash landing due to engine failure Wansford. P-51 44-13924. 4-Aug-44. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), PH.

  • William Banks

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 344BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid in B-24 42-40208 'Sad Sack'. 50 x combat missions. ETD Awards: SS, DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Learned Barry

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 467th Bomb Group
    9 Months in Europe, Sept 44 to June 45, 18 Combat Missions (13 as Lead Pilot & Crew) . Also flew Air Sea Rescue during the Korean War stationed in Okinawa. Became Assistant controller of the Air Force. After retirement he became Comptroller of the...

  • William Battersby

    Military | Captain | Pilot - Squadron Operations Officer | 416th Bomb Group
    Captain Battersby was Operations Officer of the 668th and flew on the mission of 9 May 1944 to the Aershot Marshalling Yard in Belgium. Upon returning from the mission, he took a newly arrived A-20 up for a test flight. The plane, without warning,...

  • Leo Battista

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 56th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. 52 x missions. Credited 3 x kill and 2 x damaged, 2 x destroyed [ground]. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: AM (8OLC), EAME, WWII Victory, American Campaign Medal.

  • Frederick Bauerschmidt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 410BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munich in B-17 42-37968 'Little Audrey' 18-Mar-44; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 3418 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Date Contributor Update
30 September 2014 15:52:49 Emily Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history and person associations

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